2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Review
Reviewers say that the 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon has decent performance and lots of practicality, making it a good alternative to a crossover or SUV.
If you need lots of cargo space and want a touch of sport performance, test drivers say you want the 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. The Washington Post writes that the TSX Sport Wagon is “derived from the notion that responsibility need not be limiting in the pursuit of happiness on the road.” Other luxury wagons offer sportier performance and more upscale cabins, but few can match the TSX Sport Wagon when it comes to easy-to-use interior tech and cargo space.
The 2012 TSX Sport Wagon has plenty of standard features and excellent crash test scores. Though all-wheel drive isn’t available, and some reviewers wish for a six-cylinder engine, most critics say the TSX Sport Wagon offers a satisfying combination of performance and fuel economy. Although the TSX Sport Wagon won’t take corners like a BMW 3-Series Wagon, several reviewers think that anyone who buys the TSX Sport Wagon will be too busy enjoying the gas savings and extra interior space to care.
Other Wagons to Consider
Because of its performance, the BMW 3-Series is the go-to wagon for many buyers. However, it costs more than the TSX Sport Wagon, and features like leather upholstery, which is standard on the TSX Sport Wagon, cost extra on the 3-Series. Still, the 3-Series has available all-wheel drive and a manual transmission, so it may be a better fit for people who prioritize performance.
Reviewers like the TSX Sport Wagon in large part because its cabin electronics are easy to use. They say the same thing about the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The CTS Sport Wagon has slightly less overall cargo space than the TSX Sport Wagon does, but it also offers available all-wheel drive and a bigger engine.
Details: Acura TSX Sport Wagon
The Acura TSX Sport Wagon was new in 2011, and changes for 2012 are minimal. It’s based on the Acura TSX sedan. Unlike the sedan, however, it only has a four-cylinder engine, five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The TSX Sport Wagon comes in one trim. The Technology package adds about $3,700 to the price and is the only option package.
- "What a nice little wagon."--AutoWeek
- "Occupying this middle ground between common and special has its drawbacks. While the Acura TSX models are certainly pleasant to drive, they're not as sporty as some other choices, nor are they as opulent as models that make luxury more of a priority. When compared to the established Audi A4 and the segment-leading BMW 3 Series, the TSX's shortcomings become readily apparent, though it's worth noting that these German competitors will end up costing you more."-- Edmunds
- "The responsive and aerodynamically fit Acura offers enough space for plenty of baby gear and amenities to keep parents content."--Los Angeles Times
- "TSX Sport Wagon is let down by a cramped rear seat and a daunting control scheme, especially when equipped with the available navigation system. However, Acura's entry-level car boasts excellent handling characteristics with little sacrifice in ride quality regardless of body style. The wagon offers plenty of cargo room with minimal impact on TSX's sporting nature. These virtues, combined with competitive pricing, make TSX Sport Wagon a Recommended choice among premium-compact cars."--Consumer Guide
- "Major fun with lots of cargo space, but cramped rear seat."--USA TODAY
- "I would give the wagon five stars for its solid build, overall quality, and easy handling. It would work in an upscale neighborhood where the kids are off to college and dad and mom really don’t want an SUV or crossover vehicle like the ones that populate every other driveway on the block."--MarketWatch